Robin Lake

Twitter: @RbnLake

Amazon Author Page: Robin Lake, Author

Robin Lake is director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) a non-partisan research and policy analysis organization developing transformative, evidence-based solutions for K–12 public education. Her research focuses on U.S. public school system reforms, including public school choice and charter schools; innovation and scale; portfolio management; and effective state and local public oversight practices.
 
Lake has authored numerous studies and provided expert testimony and technical assistance on charter schools, district-charter collaborations, and urban school reform. She is the editor of Unique Schools Serving Unique Students: Charter Schools and Children with Special Needs and editor of Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools. She co-authored, with Paul Hill, Charter Schools and Accountability in Public Education. She has provided invited testimonies to the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee as well as various state legislatures.
 
She presents regularly at conferences and summits around the United States, and has advised on charter school implementation in South Africa and the United Kingdom. Lake serves as a board member or advisor to various organizations, including the Journal of School Choice, the National Center on Special Education in Charter Schools, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and Education Next. She was named to the summer 2016 class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows Program, designed to support exceptional leaders reimagining U.S. public schools. 
 
Lake holds a BA in International Studies and an MPA in Education and Urban Policy from the University of Washington. She currently serves as Affiliate Faculty, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, at the University of Washington Bothell.

07/2020
Learning as We Go: Principles for Effective Assessment During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This paper summarizes the findings from a panel of assessment experts on diagnostic assessments and their role in helping educators and parents support student learning. 

03/2020
Finding a Great Fit: Improving the School Choice Process for Students with Disabilities

Two briefs provide a summary of the special education landscape in New Orleans and Washington, D.C., and offer recommendations for further steps that might be taken to strengthen the cities’ support...

11/2019
After Decades of Financial Challenge, How Can Oakland Reorient Itself?

In this brief, we explore evidence related to the causes of OUSD’s financial crisis and why previous efforts to right the ship have failed.

10/2019
Seizing the Opportunity: Educating Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools

This report is the first step in developing an evidence base about how charter schools meet the needs of unique learners, how they can improve in this work, and what aspects of chartering as a governance model support...

09/2019
It Takes a City: How the Portfolio Strategy Can Bring Schools, Districts, and Communities Together to Transform Special Education

We convened leaders from cities around the country to explore ways that school districts can use the portfolio strategy to help cities improve education for...

Date: Jun 18 2015
Where: The Sheraton Hotel, New Orleans

CRPE's Robin Lake, Betheny Gross, and Paul Hill will be featured speakers at "The Urban Education Future?" - Lessons from New Orleans 10 Years after Hurricane Katrina conference, hosted by the Education

Date: Jul 1 2014
Where: Mandalay Bay, Mandalay Bay IJ, Las Vegas, NV

Robin Lake will be presenting in this session on the role of charter schools in overhauling school districts.

Date: Apr 3 2014
Where: Philadelphia, PA

The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. It is a showcase for ground-breaking, innovative studies in a diverse array of areas—from early education through higher education, from digital learning to second language literacy.

Date: Jan 23 2014

At January’s Washington Education Innovation Forum, Professor Ed Lazowska discussed how Washington’s primary and secondary schools are doing little to give students skills related to the jobs that are being created in their backyard, potential consequences if we do not change course, and how we might best expose our youth to STEM skills that are increasingly shaping our region’s economy and identity.

Date: Nov 14 2013
Where: UW Medicine at South Lake Union


Our next Washington Education Innovation Forum will feature Jen Davis Wickens, Chief Regional Officer for Summit Public Schools, and Sarah Satinover, Summit’s Director of Growth.

Oct 19 2020

Robin Lake is quoted in the Washington Post on school reopenings.

Sep 30 2020

Robin Lake is quoted in an op-ed in The 74 on how COVID has created "accidental equity entrepreneurs."

Sep 28 2020

Robin Lake is quoted in the Washington Post on school reopenings.

Sep 6 2020

Robin Lake is quoted in the Seattle Times on how Washington school districts are responding to the pandemic.

Aug 29 2020

Robin Lake is quoted in The Economist on widening inequities in education amid the pandemic.

Sep 24 2020

Districts across the country have devised new ways of supporting students, connecting with families and measuring progress despite the disruptions caused by the pandemic.

Jul 28 2020

While many districts hope to delay the start of an eventual return to in-person instruction, at least the first few weeks of the 2020-21 school year promise to be a return to remote learning.

Jul 14 2020

Our review of some of the first U.S. districts to release more detailed information on fall 2020-21 planning shows districts are taking divergent paths. 

Jun 16 2020

We set out to make sense of data from different sources that shed light on the digital divide, the reasons for it, and the inadequacy of past efforts to close it.

Jun 4 2020

This must be a moment of profound horror and shame for all of America, and in particular, for white Americans.